NEW YORK Outokumpu Oyj is steadily managing the ramp-up
of its Calvert, Ala., mill, with its European imports expected
to cease within months.
The Calvert plants product portfolio is very nearly
complete, Outokumpu High Performance Stainless Coil North
America vice president and general manager Charles Turack said
this week at AMMs 27th Annual Stainless and its
Alloys Conference in Chicago.
Were very pleased with the melt shop, but because
it is nearly a million-ton melt shop, its only running
two days a week, he said. Ideally you would melt 16
to 17 heats a day, and our record is about 11. Were
melting seven or eight grades, including a few
varieties of 304.
Turack said the company has also held off on operating the
hot-rolling mill at full capacity, with the 50-ton rolling slab
capable of running every two minutes.
Thats a heck of a lot of stainless steel, he
Turack said imports from Espoo, Finland-based Outokumpus
Italian and German facilities either have ceased or will
cease over the next couple of months, with the Alabama
plant now also supplying slab to its New Castle, Ind.
Turack said the company does not expect its hot-rolling
operations to be impacted as Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp
AG looks for a buyer for its Steel Americas unit, which
includes carbon steel operations at Calvert. The two companies
share a hot-rolling mill at the site.
All of our rights are protected; we have a 25-year
contract that is not owner-specific, he said. We
are very comfortable with the amount of access we have to that
mill. Our contract does not guarantee specifics of access. For
example, if they roll every day for us or if they roll for us
once a week, so thats maybe a little risk in the future,
but were comfortable for now.